As the university year approaches an end, deadlines are looming over students across the country. When approaching these deadlines, it is important to keep an eye on what you eat as many foods can influence your mood, for the better or worse! Today I am sharing some of the best mood boosting foods and how they can make you feel happy and motivated to complete your deadlines to the best of your ability.
Now fish might not be the most appealing start to this list, but fish is full of Omega-3 which is a fatty acid known to reduce levels of anxiety and stress, amongst many other medical benefits like improving skin, reducing menstrual pain and even improving sleep!
Green tea is often considered to be one of the healthiest drinks on the planet (other than water of course) due to the fact it is loaded with antioxidants, which helps to improve brain function, lower the risk of heart disease and even protects against cancer. It is a good option over coffee during deadline season as it contains lower levels of caffeine, but still enough to give you a boost of energy!
Unlike milk chocolate, which contains added ingredients like milk and sugar, dark chocolate is a purer way to enjoy a tasty treat while still improving your mood! This is due to its high levels of flavonoids, that boost the blood flow to your brain, reduce inflammation and even boost brain health which helps to regulate your mood.
Seeds are also a super healthy snack as they can be rich in nutrients and also contain a small quantity of healthy fats. Some popular seeds to try include pumpkin, which is known to be an excellent natural source of magnesium and zinc, flaxseeds which are also high in Omega-3 (could be an easier choice over fish!) and chia seeds, which full of fibre and high in quality protein.
Eating berries can also lower levels of stress and anxiety! This is because they contain high levels of antioxidants, which play a key role in combating stress and reducing depression. As well as this, they also provide many other nutrients and have been known to help lower cholesterol levels. Berries are delicious on their own but also in healthy recipes. My current favourite way to serve them is with soya yoghurt and seeds, which is super tasty but also super healthy!
What are your favourite mood boosting snacks? Let us know in the comments!